The Le Nain brothers – Antoine, Louis, and Mathieu – were celebrated painters in Paris in the early 17th century. Little is known of their lives; unmarried and childless, they lived and worked together, producing some of the most arresting paintings of their time. This exhibition features more than 50 of their works, from religious paintings to enigmatic scenes of peasant life.
Florence Gould Theater
The Legion of Honor Museum will be hosting a special school-only lecture geared toward middle and high school students by former US Ambassador to the United Nations and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
Throughout history, many artists have approached the book as a particular kind of challenge: an invitation to imagine its form and its future in their own terms. The merging of narrative and image has a rich history that spans thousands of years—from cave drawings to illuminated manuscripts, the visions of William Blake, and contemporary books—but the artist’s book only came into its own as a recognized genre in the twentieth century. Join prominent historians, artists, curators, and scholars as we explore the past, present, and future of this vital, engaging art form.
This groundbreaking exhibition is the first to be devoted to the initial phase of Claude Monet’s career, from 1858 to1872, examining. How the artist integrated multiple influences to develop his own radical signature style. This workshop will include curriculum materials, gallery- viewing prompts, a contextual presentation, and studio activity. The program is designed for teachers of grades K–12.
What was life like for painters in seventeenth 17th-century France? This intimate examination of the Le Nain brothers’ life and work provides a compelling case study with strong connection to both art and history curriculum standards. This workshop will include educator resources, a guided tour of the exhibition, activities, and time to share ideas with colleagues. This program is designed for teachers of fourth grade and up.
After discovering his late grandfather's WWII Navy journal, film director George Retelas set out to capture the stories of the remaining air men that served with his grandfather. Eleven (2016, 120 min.) is a documentary film comprised of interviews by eleven WWII veterans from Carrier Air Group 11 told entirely in their own words, as the veterans recount their Naval Aviation tours off Guadalcanal Island and aboard the USS Hornet in the Pacific Theater. The screening will be followed by Q & A with the film's director.
The 17th-century Dutch Golden Age is one of the most extraordinary periods in art history. This talk will explain why Holland had such a rich output of paintings and discuss at least one portrait, genre scene, landscape, marine painting, still life and biblical scene in the Legion’s outstanding collection.
This lecture offers a chronological look at images of women by French artists in the Legion of Honor’s collection. These works span nearly 400 years and reflect not just the individual artist, but also the concerns and interests of the period in which they were completed.
Lecture by Dr. Albert Leonard, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Classical Archaeology and Near Eastern Studies, University of Arizona.
Lecture by Dr. Rita Lucarelli, Assistant Professor of Egyptology, Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley.
Lecture in memory of Dr. Rolf Scherman.